A fancy piece of footwork has removed Sixers opening batsman Daniel Hughes for a duck at the BBL Sydney derby rematch.
Maxy's mind-boggling error
Welcome to our live coverage of the highly-anticipated Sydney derby between the Thunder and Sixers at Sydney Olympic Park.
The Thunder will be desperate to overcome their poor streak, having lost four of their last five Big Bash matches.
Meanwhile, the Sixers will be hoping to book a spot in the knockout finals after their Hurricanes clash was rained out on Thursday.
The previous Sydney derby was an absolute thriller, with a Super Over needed in December to decide the winner.
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Play is scheduled to commence at 7:10pm AEST.
Thunder to bowl first
Thunder skipper Callum Ferguson won the bat flip and chose to bowl first in Sydney.
Play is about to get underway.
Sixers XI: Josh Philippe (wk), Justin Avendano, Daniel Hughes, James Vince, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Jackson Bird, Nathan Lyon, Steve O'Keefe
Thunder XI: Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (capt.), Daniel Sams, Alex Ross, Chris Morris, Jay Lenton (wk), Nathan McAndrew, Gurinder Sandhu, Brendan Doggett, Liam Bowe
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English BBL stars face off in Sydney derby
Englishmen will take centre stage in Sydney’s BBL derby on Saturday night, when Tom Curran aims to back up his super-over heroics and inflict more misery on Alex Hales.
Sydney’s two clubs put on a hell of a show at the SCG earlier this season, when Sixers import Curran and Thunder opener Hales went head to head in a super over.
Curran took 15 runs off the final regulation over of the match to level the scores then held his nerve with the ball against Hales and Usman Khawaja.
Curran, who will depart the Sixers at the end of the regular season to link up with England’s limited-overs squad, is in the midst of his second BBL campaign but already well versed in the local rivalry.
“I know it well enough to know that I’ve definitely got the better gig (than Hales). Staying at Coogee,” the allrounder beamed.
“He’s in the city. He’s not on the beach … I think he’s a bit jealous.
“That’s the beauty of T20 cricket and franchise stuff, you’re mixing with guys who 5-10 years ago you wouldn’t have had a chance to. You’re also playing against your mates.”
Curran isn’t expecting Hales to direct many barbs at the Sixers, who will also have England batsman James Vince in their side.
"He’ll let his bat do the talking. I probably got a bit more lip back when I was first starting, now you know the guys,” the 24-year-old said.
Hales, overlooked by England selectors since serving a 21-day ban last year for recreational drug use, has scored 254 runs at 31.75 this BBL season.
“Obviously the decision, selection and all that is way above my pay grade,” Curran said.
“I don’t know (if he’ll return to international cricket) but he’s a world-class player and it’s great to see him doing well here.”
Curran revealed he had Ben Stokes’ words of wisdom, uttered in the Lord’s dressing room following a remarkable knock in the World Cup final, on his mind during the drama-packed finish to the previous derby.
“We needed two to win, one to take it to a super over … if I got caught on the boundary then we lose the game – or do I just get bat on ball? Definitely get one and maybe two,” he recalled.
“It was all a blur to be honest ,it was unbelievable … I had so much enjoyment out of that innings.”
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